Simple Definition of survive
: to remain alive : to continue to live
: to continue to exist
: to remain alive after the death of (someone)
Full Definition of survive
1 : to remain alive or in existence : live on
2 : to continue to function or prosper
1 : to remain alive after the death of <he is survived by his wife>
2 : to continue to exist or live after <survived the earthquake>
3 : to continue to function or prosper despite : withstand <they survived many hardships>
Examples of survive
I don't see how any creature can survive under those conditions.
bacteria that survive in extreme temperatures
Only a few written records survive from those times.
These ancient practices still survive in some regions.
Some of the original bridges survive.
Many businesses are struggling to survive in today's economy.
Only his son survived him.
She survived her husband by only a few years.
He survived a political scandal and was elected to the state legislature.
The company survived the recession.
Origin of survive
Middle English, to outlive, from Anglo-French survivre, from Latin supervivere, from super- + vivere to live — more at quick
First Known Use: 15th century
Medical Definition of survive
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